Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
10:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

15 Months Later Vermont Sees Irene Progress and Challenges

Irene
Credit Courtesy NOAA

From afar, most of the damage Vermont sustained during Tropical Storm Irene last year appears to be fixed. But almost 16 months after the epic storm inundated the state, many Vermonters and state government are still working to recover.

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North Country News
9:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Vermont Police to Target Drunken Drivers

Vermont police plan to be out in force keep drunken drivers off the roads during the holidays.

Police say they will be conducting checkpoints to stop impaired drivers and to enforce seatbelt, child restraint and other motor vehicle laws.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Rural Hospitals Warn of Severe Consequences from Fiscal Cliff

CVPH Medical Center
Credit WAMC

Representatives from three health care systems in New York’s North Country are warning that there will be severe ramifications to health care if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Student Settles Vermont School Bullying Lawsuit

A former middle school student who sued the Burlington school district in a bullying case has agreed to settle for $25,000.

Henry Atkins said in the lawsuit that his arm was fractured by a fellow seventh-grader at Edmunds Middle School after two days of being bullied in 2010. Atkins, now 15, said the district did not provide adequate supervision on the bus.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Vermont Representative Poirier Drops Plans to Run for Speaker

Vermont Statehouse

Vermont State Representative Paul Poirier is no longer running for speaker of the House.

The Barre independent sent an email to House members on Wednesday saying he has dropped his plans to challenge Democratic incumbent Speaker Shap Smith because he says he couldn't win.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Poirier said he didn't want to waste time on a hopeless challenge and start the new session with bad feelings.

The House will elect a speaker when the legislative session opens on Jan. 9.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Burlington City Council Rejects Tar Sands Oil

Burlington, VT City Hall
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Burlington leaders have approved resolutions opposing the transport of tar sands oil through Vermont.

During their weekly meeting, Burlington Vermont City Councillors passed resolutions opposing a plan to transport tar sand oil from Canada thru Vermont.

It also called on the state to phase out any fuel purchases that originate from tar sands and asks that the city divest in any investments related to tar sands.  

Mayor Miro Weinberger approved and signed the resolutions on Thursday.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Population Grows, Except in RI and VT

America's population is increasing a bit faster thanks to an improving economy, but not enough to lift growth above its lowest level since the Great Depression. But two state in the region saw declines.

New 2012 census estimates offer the latest snapshot of the U.S. population. As a whole, the population grew by 2.3 million, reaching 313.9 million people. That growth of 0.75 percent was higher than 2011, ending five years of slowing growth rates.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Retiring Adirondack Assembly Member Discusses Career

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward
Credit NYS Assembly

New York Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward was first elected to her  rural Adirondack Assembly district in 2002.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Farm and Forestry Interests to Seek Greater State Investment

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A coalition of groups plans to lobby the Vermont Legislature in the upcoming session for additional funding for infrastructure investments in the state’s farm and forest sectors.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Vermont Offers Free Whooping Cough Vaccine

The Vermont Health Department was dispensing free vaccines Wednesday at clinics around the state to prevent the spread of whooping cough,  which has reached epidemic numbers in Vermont.

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